Monique Canto-Sperber

Monique Canto-Sperber is the President of the Foundation Paris Sciences et Lettres. She studied at the École normale supérieure, is Professor of philosophy and was heading this institution from 2005 to 2012. Professor Canto-Sperber has been president of various research organizations and has organized numerous scientific conferences. Over the last fifteen or so years, her work has for the most part been devoted to moral philosophy and contemporary politics, as well as the reflection on the social and ethical aspects of contemporary sciences.

Tuesday, 14. October, 19h
Belgrade Youth Centre

Do Just Wars Exist?

How does one define a just war? Under which circumstances and for which purposes is it possible to justify a resort to war? From antiquity, when war was considered to be a natural outcome of human interactions, until today, when the justifiable use of force is strictly delimited by international conventions, there has been constant reflection on the justifiability of war. Could the just war also be understood as a necessary war, given the dissonances between motives and available means, or is it a completely new form of a ’moral’ warfare that characterizes a certain state of the contemporary world?
The lecture is part of a lecture series Reflections on War, with moderators Petar Bojanić and Igor Krtolica. The lecture is in French, with consecutive translation.

Wednesday, 15. October, 11h
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
A Debate on the State of the University

Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) is a new university, founded through the cooperation between École normale supérieure, Collège de France, ESPCI ParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, Observatoire de Paris, Université Paris-Dauphine and the Curie Institute. PSL encompasses a number of institutions characterized by diverse histories and strong identities, and united through an innovative way of teaching and research. PSL defines as its goals a revivification of academic values and practices, and tries to enable their spread beyond the walls of the academic institution. How does one accomplish this; how to revive these values; how does one exert a more direct and comprehensive influence on the cultural, social and economic sphere – these are some of the questions the debate will start from.

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